She never thought she would get pregnant soon as she was still breastfeeding her first child.
27-year-old Eliza Curby just gave birth to her first child, Charlie. But as they were still getting started at learning parent duties, the couple found out something unbelievable. In just six weeks after giving birth, doctors told Eliza was pregnant again—and with twins.
Eliza didn’t expect to get pregnant again, thinking that she was still breastfeeding. Breastfeeding as a natural form of birth control is called the lactational amenorrhea method, or LAM.
This method works when your infant is younger than 6 months and breastfeeds exclusively around the clock, and you aren’t yet having menstrual periods. LAM can be effective—fewer than 2 in 100 women become pregnant. She never thought she would be one of the 2 out of 100 women who become pregnant while breastfeeding!
Eliza said: ‘Breast feeding doesn’t do s***, this pregnancy happened, it is real.
‘My doctor actually uses me as an example for couples when they say they don’t have any contraception plans in place after the birth of their child.’
‘I knew I was pregnant straight away because when I woke up it felt like I had been hit in the head with a baseball bat.
‘I took four pregnancy tests before one came back positive.’
Eliza and her partner, Ben, were both in disbelief. They were in denial. They couldn’t believe that they were pregnant again—and with twins at that!
‘When we found out Ben’s face just went white,’ she said.
‘But for two or three weeks were in denial – we just thought the doctor was new and might not know.’
‘Then I saw the obstetrician we had with Charlie and he confirmed it – I have never been so nervous in my life.’
Then it was time to tell their family and friends—who were not ready for this kind of news at all.
Eliza said: ‘I was really excited to tell them I knew they were going be way more shocked than I was.
‘When we went to dad and told him we had exciting news he thought we were going to get married.
‘Then when we said we were going for round two, with twins his face turned to horror.’
Since Eliza was too big to play with Charlie, the latter had to spend more time with her dad, who now turns out to be her favourite. Though Ben was shocked by the sudden increase in the family, he is now more comfortable and thankful that his wife and children are safe and healthy.